Choosing a conveyancer is not as simple as you may first assume. Jumping in with your eyes wide shut will most likely lead to a poor service that slows down the process. Before you make any rash decisions, here are a few things to consider if you wish to find the perfect conveyancer for an easy move.
Look for a specialist property conveyancing firm
The first thing you should look for is a solicitor who specialises in property conveyancing. If the firm has a main department for this service, this is a good sign that they have the required experience in this area.
Another thing to check is that the firm you search for is accredited. For solicitors, this is the Quality Conveyancing Scheme which is run by the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority). For licensed conveyancers, it will be the CLC (Council for Licenced Conveyancers). If you cannot find these accreditations, we recommend you look elsewhere.
This is clearly a no-brainer, but you will be shocked to see just how many buyers and sellers overlook this requirement. Pick a conveyancing solicitor who is professional and keeps a close eye on all the details that could potentially slip through the cracks. Things such as an informative introductory letter or email that helps break down the conveyancing process, as well as the costs involved, is a good indicator of a trustworthy service.
Check out their website
When you have narrowed down your choices, it’s a good idea to visit their websites. Many provide quotes to prospective clients through the website. This should tell you what you will pay for the services you are getting, which will help you determine which offers the best value.
More customers these days are choosing services based on the opinions of others, and we can see why. There is only so much you can learn about a firm by looking on their website but knowing what previous customers have experienced can allow you to make a decision based on your personal needs. Some may offer a hand-holding service, but the reviews may say that this is not quite the case and that you should avoid them at all costs.
Everyone wants a fast and smooth conveyancing process, but this isn’t always doable. If you need to meet a tight deadline, it’s important that you tell your conveyancer so they can tell you if it is possible. You should inform all potential firms before making a decision but be careful of those who simply say yes to everything. In most cases, their can-do attitude is just a ploy to get you onboard, leaving you disappointed when they cannot deliver. A truly efficient solicitor will tell you what can and cannot be done to keep your timescales realistic.
One of the main issues people face when dealing with a poor soliciting firm is communication. Buying or selling is stressful, which is why it is natural for you to want frequent updates so that you know how things are coming along. However, from the perspective of the conveyancer, there is not much anything to update the client on while waiting for paperwork. It’s important to let potential conveyancers know how much communication you expect, particularly if you are worried about deadlines. The conveyancer should make it clear if there are dates where they will not be available. For anything urgent, they should provide a point of contact during those times.
Expect a high-quality conveyancing service with Betesh Middleton Law
As you can see, there are many things to bear in mind when choosing the best conveyancing service for your move. This is why Betesh Middleton Law aims to provide clear communication and peace of mind so that you know you’re making the right decision. To learn more about our conveyancing services, get in touch.